Do you think that political correctness harms our society?

I am such a person who really does not worry about this kind of business.I say what I want, try not to be hurtful, narrow-minded or rude, but be sure not to say the harsh truth. The fact that a small group of Greenlinksers is going to whine is no reason for me to go whine about the “political correctness” of the “SJW snowflakes” who want to censor everything from fragility. I think that is fragile snowflake behaviour. SJWs are just a small group without any power over me so I’m not going to attract anything.

Is about how to define political correctness.But given enough defenders of ‘ freedom of expression regardless of the consequences ‘ present, I will expose the other side:

No, political correctness is the glue that maintains our society.If political correctness disappears the whole system will collapse, and the alternative that comes to the place is considerably worse for most of the people. If you’re still reading, thank you for not trusting. I’m going to explain now why I believe this.

Firstly , we live in a democracy.It is important that we can shoot with each other. I’m sitting on the left side of the spectrum. So left that I sometimes have a bit of trouble with the center. But I assume that Rutte is the best with the country, and when he makes arguments, he gets the benefit of the doubts that the arguments have been made sincerely. I’m not likely to agree with him, and I am also not quite naive about how open and honest politicians are, but it is important that we can listen to each other.

What does that have to do with PC culture?Everything. When you are allowed to put all the rhetoric in order to make your opponent black, you are actually trying to cut off the dialogue by demonising the opponent. The ‘ hard truths ‘ that I hear from the PVV and FvD, the parties who call the hardest that PC culture is a liberal agenda, are often meant to convince the listener that the subject of ‘ The harsh truth ‘ is an enemy of the people.
A photo of Rutte that says ‘ the lying Hollander ‘ is a meme that went around on FB. It Is not neat, but perhaps still falls under parody.Fine. To call the government a cartel, that goes too far. You’re busy throwing mud in the hopes of radicalising your voters with a conspiracy theory about ‘ n Elite ‘ that the population is prejudging. The same goes for Wilders who photoshopped Pechtold in a sha茂ra protest. I do not want to say that everything is as it should be in The Hague, but these are, with lack of better choice of words, lies with a clear intent.
Before you worry that I am not neutral, THINK also belongs in this list at home.Only they are not the ones who whine about PC culture, as far as I know, and this is a post about PC culture, so I’ll call them now afterwards.

This way of communicating is so indecent that it becomes anti-democratic.And I would say that democracy is a core value of our society. So this is part of the justification why I dare to make such a proposition that political correctness is necessary for the preservation of our society. It would mean the end of the polder model and do harm to democracy.

But this kind of political incorrectness is not yet the worst.Because we know what it is about when it comes to the importance of political correctness, and that is not the VVD. Thus my second point; When it comes to marginalised or vulnerable groups. Yes, that’s what we’re really talking about. Buckle up.

Secondly , welive in an open society.We have all sorts of beliefs, cultures and skin tones that together with and next to each other have to share the public space. You have all sorts of sexual orientations, subcultures like the Goths (yes, I’m getting old) and people who don’t want much to do with the hassle. These are not all vulnerable people, but some groups have a relatively hard pick.
At the moment the Muslim community is hard to endure.D’r is given little confidence, and that is also quite tricky if it is regularly about Muslim extremism in the news. The same for asylum seekers. It is quickly assumed that the differences in culture should be problematic, if one does not outright assume that it is criminals.
Other vulnerable groups are the people with psychological complaints, the mentally restrains, the paupers and the gays.All these groups are regularly subject to mistrust or bad jokes.
But why is it so bad to express this mistrust?Does the confrontation not sometimes give the opportunity to solve the tensions? Perhaps, sometimes, but the speaker doesn’t always have to be willing to solve tensions. Sometimes it’s also about simply ventilating. And sometimes it’s even with the intent to form ‘ N in-group ‘. We oppose them. “The real men against the gays”, to mention just one example you may have ever heard. I’m not saying that any footballer or gamer who has ever said that has been a racist or a homophobic. I have had friends as a man, and have ‘ ironically ‘ made these kind of statements. Not the moments I’m most proud of, but it’s so fair to admit that.

Enough introduction, time for some sociology.Don’t scare, cute drawing that’s explaining included.

Source: Violence Pyramid, Ashley Fairbanks

Sociologists use this pyramid, the Pyramid of violence, to explain that comments and sharp jokes do not exist in a vacuum, but can function as a first step in a funnel that eventually leads to violence.

And just for clarity, before one sees the advent of Orwell’s 1984; I’m not saying you can’t joke among themselves about cultural differences. As far as I am concerned, some humor may even be very dark. But make sure that people are laughed at and not. Make sure that you are not growing a climate in which certain people are being hurt and feel fundamentally undesirable. It’s not fun or hip to hurt people intentionally.
I wanted to explain this by means of an example: imagine a work floor that consists exclusively of white men.D’r go a lot of jokes over and over again, about foreigners and about women. Stop there a woman in between. Or a Moroccan. There is a culture in which a lot of comments can be made. If there are comments like “bassy” or “lazy”, you can imagine that the atmosphere becomes icy rather quickly. This is the first transition on the pyramid, from jokes and remarks to microaggression.
Microaggression is a word what right-wing media likes not to understand, but it’s ‘ N accepted term in sociology, so I’m just using it.It describes behaviour that reconfirms stereotypes, such as “You speak very good Dutch”, or “cool, a woman who can stick a band”, or “you do not look like a gay”. In principle, these types of statements may not be so badly intended, but if you think well, you can imagine that it’s a little less like fun. Just think of an expat who says “you are still so stingy not as a Dutchman”.
Well, if this is done within a society on a large scale, we have a very uninviting atmosphere to tackle.We have created a climate in which one group gets a bit of a dislike of the other group. Next step is that one is going to blame each other for things. It Over and Over again. You get stronger in-groups that the other will point out as toothpicks and saboteurs. Eventually you get the groups that are going to see themselves as existentially threatened and feel called to defend themselves with extreme means.

The concept is in the form of a pyramid, which also more or less indicates the size of the group by segment.D’r is but a very small group that sits in the Snoei hard extreme right and finally commits a murder. But they are there. And that is what this pyramid also wants to give. That one remark that seems so innocent is on a spectrum, and is not entirely uncoupling from hate spreading and violence. You (Strooiman-reader, who I just invent to create the illusion that this is not a monologue) are quite right when you say that one is not the other, and that one is also as much jellyfish as the other, but it is related to each other. If you have no environment that promote that this kind of behavior is acceptable, prevent further radicalisation. The jokes can function as an experiment with new thoughts. As (relatively) famous YouTuber and transgender contrapoints said: “Before I dared to give myself that I was transgender, I sometimes dressed myself as a woman, only then ‘ ironically ‘.” An alt-Righter makes an edgy meme in an ‘ ironic ‘ way, and the neo-Nazi can hide behind the ‘ irony ‘.This is where it really gets dark: far-right groups also know that society works so, and know that if you stimulate microaggression that this works in their favor. There is a small but active group that is driving policy on the normalization of extremism with the aim of getting society at a higher stage on the pyramid. But that might be something for another time.

So to come to my conclusion for this second point.I can assume that we do not agree that hate groups are a threat to society, and D’r would be nothing better for such groups as the disappearance of political correctness.

To summarize (because Kudo’s if you’re still reading): Political correctness protects democracy and vulnerable groups in society.It is an important part of our society, not a threat.

I just have to be honest with you, reader, that I have a certain bias.Actually, deep inside, I find it important to be polite, because you hear to be decent to each other. I find that normal and pleasant. So maybe I’m not the person to assume all of the above. Thanks for the read.

Yes.Mainly an obstacle in the idea of freedom of expression. Normal daily expressions should now be put on a scale, because it could be offensive to someone.

In the USA I was called on the mat because I made a normal, daily statement, “Some things are black or white…” This was “translated” that I “black” connects with the bad, and “white” to good.

Nope.I. Can still say what I want, without undoing people unnecessarily against the head.

What many people hate is that other people are now standing up for their rights and opinions, and they feel affected in theirs as a result.

Ridiculous of course but yeah

Question: Do you think that political correctness harms our society?

Short answer: Yes

Long answer:
It is difficult to say whether political correctness harms society.

After all, political correctness is a fabricated American term. Both left and right have used this term several times and the meaning of this word has never been completely fixed. In some works such as The Black Woman: An Anthology, the word political correctness has a satirical meaning. Later, political correctness was used by conservative political parties as a stick to strike, even though political correctness actually meant nothing.


So I assume the meaning that the Dutch Wikipedia gives me:

Political Correctness (sometimes abbreviated to Policor or pc) is a pejorative term for avoiding language expressions or behaviours because they can be considered offensive or discriminatory for certain groups (particularly minorities) that are disadvantaged or marginalised .The reversal ‘ politically incorrect ‘ is used in a positive way to give suspected offensive expressions a rebellious sound.

In itself there is nothing wrong with avoiding language expressions or behaviours that may offend or discriminate against others, but I doubt the feasibility .

To begin with discriminationfirst.Each person discriminates, not only negative discrimination, but also positive discrimination. There is nothing wrong with that, unless it is going to take shape that is detrimental to a particular population group. For example, a city council can hate people with grey hair. There is nothing wrong with that. More than just the ruling: “We as a city council hate people with grey hair.” Is perhaps offensive, but not drastic in people’s lives. Otherwise, this is when the municipal administration decides to establish a law: “All people with grey hair must be at least 50 meters away from the town hall.” This is not only offensive, but also detrimental to people with grey hair.

And then we are right at the second point.When is someone offended?Luckily the law gives the answer!


Article 266

1. Any deliberate insult that does not bear the character of libel or defamation, whether in public orally or in writing or portrayal, or anyone, in his presence orally or by fact, or by a The writings or depictions sent or presented shall be punished, as a simple insult, with imprisonment of not more than three months or a fine of the second category.

2.It is not a simple insult to criminalise conduct which seeks to give judgment on the representation of public interests, and which are not directed to grievances in other respects or in a heavier way than they result from that effect.


Huh what?

Okay, maybe I lied.The code gives no answer at all to what an insult is, but it does give a few clues. In any case, it does not have the character of libel or defamation. An insult can you pronounce, or write, even an image can be an insult. In addition, “advocacy of public interests.” (if not very hurtful) also no insults.

We find the answer more or less in what the legislator has written when he made the law.Every law has a kind of “foreword”. A small portion of text explaining the how and what of a law.

The legislature had the idea of making the law to apply this law very scarce.”Words don’t do very much.” Is roughly what the legislature has written.


How can it be that in recent years we are condemning more and more people for insult?Probably because we have become increasingly attacked and the judge is increasingly attracting. (Please note: This is not a matter of threat or discrimination.)


To give some examples:
Rapper Ismo -“queers I don’t give a hand” and “I hate those fucking Jews even more than the Nazis”.
Man from Sittard -the man is suspected to have sent some five mails to the Turkish Embassy in The hague in 2016.In the mails, which were written in both English and Dutch, the equation is made between President Erdogan and Adolf Hitler.
Vincent van den Bosch -According to the judge, the then D66 councillor Vincent van den bosch in 2015 was too far when he called Vlogger Vladimir Hornicek for his camera among other things a village fool.
Robert de Jonge -he described the inhabitants of the Peninsula (Arabs) as “butts bonkers” who did too well for small boys.
For Verschuur -Verschuur said during the lawsuit that she mentioned Heijkoop only a ‘ common lie-like rotwijf ‘, but that was not neat.
Four men of THE NVU -This was the police because they were holding flags with the texts ‘ Defend Europe ‘, ‘ Combat 18 ‘ and ‘ Whatever it takes ‘.Two of the men also wore a so-called anti-Jodenneus sticker on their coat.


All these convictions are from the last 3 years.In the past (about 10 years ago), almost never anyone was condemned for insult. This is different now. You can now ask yourself whether this was the intention at all. Is this the result of increasing political correctness? Are we going to behave like America?

I think we can all say that most of the statements have been “not so neat”.But keep in mind that these persons have been prosecuted and therefore simply have a criminal offence. That does not seem to me to be entirely the intention. Certainly because I think most people from the list do not have criminal journal, but need help.


Will we just stop that Americanization?Feel insulted to us less quickly? Stay tidy in our words, but give room for flops? No more throwing with terms like “political correctness” and “insult”? But as a real Dutchman laugh. We are still above pathetic statements?

Yeah sure.Can already be noticed in the Netherlands. Certainly with freedom of expression. Especially since the line between that and hate seeding is so crooked and not straight.

Of course it harms.Huge, even!

When you see how young people/children are interpreted with sexual sexuality, how to deal with them, for example… Coupled with the #MeToo that doesn’t actually help.

Within sexuality, gender, gender identity, personal forms and the sex of a person are completely mixed together.

Therefore you have people who do not know how to feel and/or behave.

As a result, some people become Draqueens, which makes the gender identity (sometimes) more cloudier.

As far as a new trend is concerned, coming from Japan:

Did you know that paedophilia is normalised in California?!

In Japan they did to raise the birth rate, but in America it is seen as a new fetish.

Nasty, just!!!

Yes, Jesus says, you may not have anything any more!But you’ll end up flickering with your political posturing. Though you give a monkey a gold ring, it is and remains an ugly thing. And that whining about women must also be about. If they want to be cared for, they also want to do some back in the kitchen. And in bed. And then all that lazy gajes from abroad, who also think that it is a very land here. Just open your mouth and the roast goose flies so inside!

None of the above is punishable, but it can be banned by Quora.Political correctness leads to a taper of culture and kills the discourse.

I find that whining about “political correctness” (which is just decency and respect) harms our society.

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